del Ghiaccio Agorà
Via dei Ciclamini, 23 Milano
Tel. +39 02 48 300 946
Fax + 39 02 41 21 821
Ice Stadium Agorà can be easily reached by car - there's
a parking area available right across the street. Agorà is
also comfortably reachable by public transport. Here are some
by Bus: lines 49, 54, 58, 63 and 64
• by Tram: line 14
• by tube/underground: Line 1 (red) stop Primaticcio or Inganni.
Agorà Ice Stadium has been operative for over 15 years,
and represents today the largest structure in Milan for Ice
Unique in Milan, it has an Olympic-sized rink (30x60 mts)
and a capacity of 4.000 seats.
Its characteristics allow it host national and international
events and welcome lovers of all ice sports. In the last year
it has been visited by more that 150.000 people.
Agorà, apart from promoting all the ice sports, is
also organizing and promoting events and show that make it
not only a sports center but also a place for fun and entertainment.
Among all the activities hosted in this structure, the A-league
hockey championship, and competitions of figure skating, ice
dancing, synchronized skating and short track speed skating.
Agorà is promoting all these Ice sports and has established
itself at the highest national and international levels in
the figure skating departments. The skating team has more
than 300 members, with skaters belonging also to the national
team for figure skating and short track, in addition to its
synchronized skating team.
Barbara Fusar Poli and Maurizio Margaglio, Agorà's
most prestigious athletes, have conquered the Grand Prix,
the European title and the World Championships in 2001, and
have won an historical bronze medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics
in Salt Lake City.
info on www.stadioghiaccio.it
climate of Milan is Mediterranean, but like any large urban
concentration buildings and human activity affect the local
micro-climate. In the case of Milan this makes the weather
rather more extreme. Summers can be swelteringly hot and humid,
with temperatures rising above 86°F (30°C) during August.
The mountains behind the city protect Milan somewhat from
the severity of winter, but the weather is very chilly with
temperatures occasionally dropping below freezing. Winter
also brings rain showers and heavy fog.
Averages in March:
Temp (°C/°F) 3/38
Max Temp (°C/°F) 13/55
major credit cards are accepted in Italy. The currency is
the Euro (€)
BANKS: Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 13.30
and from 14.45 to 16.15.
Eurochange Linate: at international arrivals, open all day
from 7.00 to 24.00 - and at international departures, al days
from 6.00 to 22.00.
Eurochange Malpensa: Malpensa airport, open all day from 7.00
Post Office - Piazza Cordusio 1, Mon-Fri 8.00-19.00, Sat 9.30-13.00.
American Express, Via Larga 4 tel. 02 721041.
Public transport in Milan has a single tarif in the whole
urban area. Tickets cost €1/each and is valid for 75
minutes on all lines of transport - though it can't be used
twice on the underground lines. Ticktets are sold at newsagents,
bar, tobacconists' and automatic machines. Tickets can't be
bought on board. Public Transports run from 6.00 to 24.00,
but there are also several night bus lines. Touristic day
tickets are available for €3 for a 24hrs pass and €5.50
for a 48hrs pass. These are available at the newsagents in
the underground stations, bars, tobacconist's and at the A.P.T.
(agency for touristic promotion) offices in Piazza Duomo and
at the Central Station.
more info on public trasport on the ATM site: www.atm-mi.it
and also: map
of the underground system
Taxi in Milan are white coloured.
The base fee is €3.10; festive days have a supplement
of €1.55 and there's a night supplement of € 3.10.
Radiotaxi can be booked through these phone numbers:
Autoradiotaxi 02.85.85 - Taxi Blu 02.40.40 - Yellow Taxi 02.69.69
TO AND FROM THE AIRPORTS
Milan's airports are:
LINATE - LIN 7km. from Milan's center.
MALPENSA - MXP at about 45km from the city center,
in direction Varese.
for Aeroporti Linate and Malpensa SEA : Tel. 02 74852200 www.sea-aeroportimilano.it
Lost luggage for Linate: tel. 02 70124451.
Lost luggage for Malpensa: tel. 02 58581285 - 74854215
ORIO AL SERIO - BGY at about 45km from the city center,
in direction Bergamo. for info: tel. 035326323 www.orioaeroporto.it
into Milan from Linate
LINATE-CITY CENTER: Bus 73 A.T.M. www.atm-mi.it
arriving in S. Babila (metro M1) in around. 20 min. Cost €
LINATE-CENTRAL STATION: Autostradale / Bus Starfly arriving
in p.zza Luigi di Savoia (metro M1 - M3) in around. 30 min.
Centrale Autostradale - tel. 02 33 91 07 94 www.autostradale.it
Getting into Milan from Malpensa
MALPENSA-CITY CENTER: Malpensa Express train service
arriving at Cadorna Ferrovie Nord [M1-M2 Cadorna] in around
50 min - info:
Tel. 0220222 - 0227763 www.malpensaexpress.it
. one-way ticket € 9.00 - children's reduced price (4-12yrs)
MALPENSA- CENTRAL STATION: Bus Air Pullman arriving in Piazza
Luigi di Savoia [M2-M3 Centrale F.S.] in around 60 minutes
Air Pullman - tel. 02 58583202 www.airpullman.com
Cost €4.50 - leaving every 20 minutes from 05.00 to 22.30
MALPENSA-CENTRAL STATION: Malpensa Bus Express arriving in
Piazza Luigi di Savoia [M2-M3 Centrale F.S.] in around 50
minutes . info: Autostradale - tel. 02 33 91 07 94 www.autostradale.it
Cost €5,50 euro - leaving every 20 minutes from 05.15
Getting into Milan from Orio al Serio
AL SERIO-CENTRAL STATION: Autostradale www.autostradale.it
bus arriving in Piazza Luigi di Savoia in around 60 minutes.
Tel 02 33910794 Cost € 6,70 - kids (2 to 12 yrs) € 3,35
Info on the state train service: Ferrovie dello Stato: tel.
892021 (from Italy only) www.trenitalia.com
CENTRAL STATION: (M2-M3 Centrale F.S.) - offices opening hours:
Polizia ph.nr. 113
Carabinieri ph.nr. 112
Fire fighters ph.nr. 115
Local Police: ph.nr. 02 77271
Foreigners and passports office - via Montebello, 26 ph.nr.
Car rescue: A.C.I. Milano ph.nr. 803116
Ambulances ph.nr. 118
Anti-poisoning center ph.nr. 02 66101029
Stazione Centrale, Departures Gallery, ph.nr. 02 6690935
Pharmacies open in night shifts:
P.zza Duomo, 21 ph.nr.. 02 86464832
Corso Buenos Aires, 4 ph.nr. 02 29513320
Via Boccaccio, 26 ph.nr. 02 4695281
V.le Lucania, 10 ph.nr. 02 57404805
P.zza V Giornate, 6 ph.nr. 02 55194867
Via Stradivari, 1 ph.nr. 02 29526966
Viale Ranzoni, 2 ph.nr. 02 48004681
more info: www.milanoinfotourist.com/home.htm
track is a kind of skating similar to speed skating but performed
on a shorter track. In this kind of competitions a certain
number of skaters - usually between 4 and 6 - skate simultaneously
in an indoor ice track. Short track is one of the sports of
the Winter Olympic program. The competitions take place on
an oval track that has a lenght of 111,12 meters, on a single
track. The starts are performed on a single line. The competitions,
both for Ladies and Men, are disputed on the lenghts of 500
mts, 1000 mts, 1500 mts and 3000 mts.
competitions are also disputed (3.000 m for Ladies and 5.000
m for Men), with teams of 4 athletes, alternating with each
other ever la and a half (about 167 m), while the last two
laps are skated by the same skater. The change is performed
by pushing the new skater who's entering the track from the
inside of the rink. The skater who has just finished his turn
must move immediately away from the path, moving towards the
exterior of the track, moving back to the interior of the
ring only when his movements are not of obstacle for the other
track has its origin in the mass-start speed skating competitions.
This kind of skating was particularly popular in the United
States and in Canada and was radically different form the
"international form" where the skaters competed
in pairs. At the 1032 Winter Olympics the speed skating competition
were performed with a mass start. Furthermore, in North America
competitions were also being held indoor - e.g. at the Madison
Square Garden in New York - on smaller tracks than those used
for the outdoors events. In 1967, the International Skating
Union (ISU) adopted short track, but it had to wait till 1976
before the first uinternational events were organized. In
1980 in Milan were disputed the first official World Championships
and in 1988 short track was introduced to the Calgary Olympics
as a demonstrative sport, becoming an official Olympic discipline
in 1992 in Albertville.
Nowadays the official competitions for each season are 6 World
Cup Competitions, the European Championships, the World Championships,
the World Team Championships, The World Junior Championships,
every 2 years the Universiade, the Youth Olympic Games and
every 4 years the Winter Olympic Games. Canada was the dominant
country in this sport for a long time, but this discipline
has recently become very popular in the Asian nations, especially
in the People's Republic of China, South Korea and Japan.
Thanks to smaller rinks, shorter and more spectacular competitions,
short track has grown far more than speed skating.
first Italians to conquer a Gold medal in a short track comeptition
were the Men of the 5000m relay (Hugo Herrnhof, Orazio Fagone,
Mirko Vuillermin and Maurizio Carnino) at the Lillehammer
Olympics in 1994. In Salt Lake City in 2002 the Italian team
(this time consisting of Maurizio Carnino, Fabio Carta, Nicola
Franceschina, Nicola Rodigari e Michele Antonioli) confirmed
its strenght by winning the silver medal.
The Italian Short Track athletes have obtained the following
gold medal for the 5.000 m Men relay in Lillehammer 1994
silver medal for the men 500m in Lillehammer 1994
silver medal for the 5.000 m Men relay in Salt Lake City 2002
bronze medal for the 3.000 m Ladies relay in Torino 2006
National athletes are among the best in Europe and among the
first in the worlds with Koreans, Chinese and Canadians. They
train at the Bormio Ice rink, where the Federal Center is
located and where international competitions are often held.
WORLD RECORDS Short Track Speed Skating
meters: Jean-François Monette, CAN Calgary 18.10.2003 41,184
1000 meters: Jiajun Li, CHN Bormio 14.02.2004 1.24,674
1500 meters: Hyun-Soo Ahn, KOR Marquette 24.10.2003 2.10,639
3000 meters: Hyun-Soo Ahn, KOR Beijing 07.12.2003 4.32,646
5000 meters Canada Relay: (Charles Hamelin, François-Louis
Tremblay, Steve Robillard, Mathieu Turcotte) Beijing 13.03.2005
meters: Evgenia Radanova, BUL Calgary 19.10.2001 43,671
1000 meters: Sun-Yu Jin, KOR Bormio 13.11.2005 1.30,037
1500 meters: Eun-Ju Jung, KOR Beijing 11.01.2004 2.18,861
3000 meters: Eun-Kyung Choi, KOR Calgary 22.10.2000 5.01,976
3000 meters Republic of Korea Relay: (Eun-Kyung Choi, Min-Jee
Kim, Chun-Sa Byun, Gi-Hyun Ko) Calgary 19.10.2003 4.11,742
event short track Milano 2007
March 2007, the Agorà ice stadium in Milan will be the location
for the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships. Milan,
then, will inherit after a year all the attention and popularity
of the sport that only the Olympics can usually offer. Twenty-seven
years later, the "world caravan" of short track comes back
to Italy and to Milan, after being welcomed in 1980 in the
historic Piranesi ice rink for those which would the next
year become the first official ISU World Championships for
the Organizing committee and for Agorà, the organization of
this world class event is the springboard for the affirmation
and the development of a discipline that sees its future more
likely in an urban location and not in remote valleys, being
thus able to count on the great numbers offered by the possible
users un the large Milanese environment. Approximately 30
delegations, representing the same number of nations from
four continents will arrive in Milan to fight for the individual
and relay titles, for a total of almost 300 people among skaters